Vintage Hand Painted Indian Rajasthani Temple Hanging

A striking Rajasthani Pechhavai hanging which will have been created as a backdrop for sacred icons in a Hindu temple shrine. This piece is hand painted on linen and conforms to the strict traditions of format, including the highly detailed rendering of Krishna’s form and the poses and dresses of the attendant Gopas.

This vintage Pechhavai depicts Krishna who grew up in a pastoral community, attended by 6 Gopas (Milkmaids) holding a fly whisk whilst standing in state surrounded by lush palm fronds and verdant vegetation. In the lower register, we see another 6 Gopas in recumbent or dancing poses. The multi -layered design is bordered by ranks of painted cows and edged by a traditional border of trailing golden flowers and representations of the deities Indra and Brahma drawn by flying carriages in the moonlit sky. The colours remain clear and vibrant and the green of the foliage is particularly rich set against the black of the border and background.

The tradition of painting Pechhavai grew from the decoration in the 1670’s of the Shrinathji temple near Udaipur and Rajasthan remains a centre of a revival in devotional painting, which had become a rarely seen art form in modern times.

This piece is unmounted at present, but there are several options in terms of mounting or framing it to create a stunning centrepiece, so do contact us for further information.

Size: 224 × 170 cm, 7'4" × 5'6" ft

SKU: M163

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